The Nexus 9 is a tablet co-developed by Google and HTC; and as it has been common when a new Nexus device is released, it includes an update of the Google’s OS. Now, along with the Nexus 9, the OS you get is the Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Even though the Lollipop update was released a while ago, there are very few devices that have it installed on them. However, this is not the object of this article; so, let us focus on the Nexus 9. This is a 8,9-inches tablet, with a 4:3 screen. It is the first 64 bits Android device with NDVIA Tegra K1 processor, and it has a great performance.
Today my goal is to help you to make full use of your Nexus 9, introducing you the necessary procedures for ROOT. The instructions are as follow.
It is a simple process, and it has the benefit of making the most of your device. However, there are some risk, namely the entire loss of data; and that’s why we advise you to make a backup of your tablet.
The following steps will take to your Nexus 9 ROOT:
- First, install the drivers. You should make sure all of them are installed.
- Second, download the Android SDK Tools, containing the folder Platform-tools. You should also download this file, and unzip it in Platform-tools.
- Turn off you Nexus 9, restart it in bootloader mode. To do so, you should press simultaneously the “volume down” and “turn on/off” keys. Once you have done it, connect the tablet on the computer via a USB cable, and start the command prompt
- At the control console, you should decide which directory will be installed the files fastboot.exe and the ROOT. For instance, “cd C:/SDK/sdk/platform-tools/”.
- Make sure your tablet is well connected to the computer. Into the Nexus 9, write “fastboot devices” and press “intro”. If everything was done properly till now, then the command prompt will display your tablet’s Mac address.
- At step 6, unlock the tablet’s bootloader. It’s important to remind you that this operation will erase all data from your tablet. To wrap up, write on the command prompt the following commands: “fastboot oem unlock”
- Now it’s time to flash the SuperSU. Introduce the command: stboot boot inject.img”
- In order to make the SuperSu to work you should flash a modified kernel, which can be found in the folder you downloaded when you executed the step 1. So, you should write this command: “fastboot flash boot patched.img”
- At this point, all you have to do is to restart the Nexus 9, and — voilà!– your tablet is rooted. It’s important to mention that the first initialization will be slower than the next ones, since we’ve just finished formating your tablet. To restart it, type the command: “fastboot reboot”
As you can see, it is not a hard if you follow all the steps shown here. I hope you have fun, and that you try to root your Nexus 9. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to drop us line in the comments section.
Note: Tutorial made by Bruno Silva in android-emotions.pt and translated by Anderson Rodrigues.